Press Release

MEDIA ADVISORY – Chiefs for Change to unveil first class of “Future Chiefs”
Program will prepare next generation of state and local education leaders

For Immediate Release: June 6, 2016
Contact: Nicole Shaffer-Thomas

 “When I ask current state and district education Chiefs how they became leaders, I hear one common thread, ” said Chiefs for Change CEO Mike Magee.  “All of them, somewhere along the way, had a person of influence and authority U.S. public schools suffer from a leadership crisis, stemming from high turnover of state education commissioners and local school superintendents. More than 30 states have a different state Chief education officer today than when the 2014-15 school year began. What’s more, while more than half of all U.S. public school students are students of color, the people who oversee their educational systems do not reflect that diversity.

As a way to address both issues, Chiefs for Change, a national non-profit of state and local education leaders, has convened its first class of “Future Chiefs” – bold and innovative state and district education leaders who are transforming our nation’s schools and are ready to prepare for even larger roles in our educational system.

The “Future Chiefs” are commencing a program of coaching, mentorship and collective learning, with the support of some of the nation’s most successful state and local chiefs. The Future Chiefs hail from Newark, Michigan, Louisiana, New York State, New Mexico, Rhode Island, and Tulsa.

say to them, ‘You should be a district superintendent,’ or ‘You should be a state Chief.’ And then, just as important, ‘Let’s create a leadership plan for you.’  We believe transformational – and lasting – leadership is best acquired and unleashed through coaching, mentorship, and collective learning.”

The first “Future Chiefs” class will be introduced at a news conference held in the Zenger Room of the National Press Club.

DATE:  Thursday, June 9, 2016

TIME:  1 pm ET

LOCATION:  Zenger Room, National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045

WHO:  - Chiefs for Change CEO Michael Magee

            - Chiefs for Change Board Chair John White, Louisiana State Supt.

           - Eight members of the first “Future Chiefs” cohort


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